Mar 14 2011
The opening topic for this Wednesday’s Open Chat Night will be: Sharing communication strategies and tips with those who have hearing loss
I have been learning ways to overcome the obstacle of not hearing what others are saying to me. For instance, what can I do if someone approaches me to start a conversation and I cannot hear them because of the background noise? Rather than asking them to speak louder or repeat themselves, maybe I could explain, “I have trouble hearing with all the noise. Let’s go to another quiet place to talk.” This is something I have not done before. Normally, I would end the conversation because doing so seemed easier than asking for the person to repeat themselves or for me to just stand there with a blank look on my face.
There are strategies to improve effective communication such as facing the person directly, re-phrasing what the person is saying if you are unsure, asking the person to talk slower and so on. I think practicing these various communication skills could make a positive influence during any social situation.
Join us for this Wednesday Night’s Open Chat Night to share communication strategies and tips. What works best for you?
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